UnIntended Consequences: Impact assessment for sustainable regional futures
#NZAIA18 – Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 November
Havelock North Function Centre, Hawke’s Bay
Wednesday 28 November
8.45 am Registration
9.15 am Mihi, welcome and conference opening
Prof Richard Morgan (Chair, NZAIA)
9.30 am Keynote Presentation
Raewyn Peart (Environmental Defence Society)
10.30 am Break
11.00 am Session 1 Strategic Assessment
12.30 pm Lunch POSTER SESSION
1.45 pm Session 2 Transport
3.15 pm Break
3.45 pm Session 3 Water
4.45pm Keynote Presentation
Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley (Massey University)
5.45 pm NZAIA AGM
7.00 pm Conference Dinner
Thursday 29 November
9.00 am Session 4 Forestry
10.30 am Break
11.00 am Session 5 Social
12.30 pm Lunch
1.30 pm Session 6 Tourism
3.00 pm Break
3.15 pm Indaba: Open space group discussion: topics identified by participants during the conference
4.00 pm Indaba report back and discussion
4.30 pm Conference synthesis
5.00 pm Conference close
Strategic assessment of policies and plans is fundamental to sustainable regional futures. The strategic assessment session will consider an iwi perspective on regional futures, issues around assessing coastal hazards, and environmental monitoring to support strategies and plans.
Transport systems are central to regional development. A session on transport will consider the assessment of harbour development and dredging, and the impacts of other infrastructure developments.
Management of water resources is critical with competing values and uses to the fore in every region. The session on water will consider assessment of the effects of sub-regional (catchment) plans as well as the effects of integrated water storage facilities.
Forestry is proposed for a range of potential benefits to regions. The forestry session will consider the effects of planation forests on soils, ecology, hydrology and communities, and the new National Environment national environmental standard for forestry.
A session focused on social impacts will consider resolving urban and rural interests in regional land and water assessments, the impact of upgrading water infrastructure in towns and smaller centres, and the regeneration of small towns
Sustainable tourism is another challenge with numbers continuing to grow and limits evident in many places. Topics in the tourism session include the impacts of a cycle trail, the landscape impacts of walking tracks and the impacts of freedom camping.
An “Indaba” (open space) session allows participants to work in groups to address key issues raised during the conference, and to identify actions necessary to advance impact assessment practice.